Beckenbauer banned for 90 days

Germany great banned from football for not cooperating with an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

    Beckenbauer was a voting member of FIFA's executive committee [AP]
    Beckenbauer was a voting member of FIFA's executive committee [AP]

    Germany great Franz Beckenbauer was banned from football for 90 days by FIFA for not cooperating with an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

    FIFA said the suspension was requested by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia, making Beckenbauer the first person to be punished as a result of the case.

    Beckenbauer refused "repeated requests for his assistance, including requests that he provide information during an in-person interview or in response to written questions provided in both English and German,'' FIFA said in a statement.

    Beckenbauer responded by saying he was surprised by news of the ban and that he had only received the questions in complicated legal English.

    "I had to look at the date and make sure it wasn't April 1. I thought it was an April Fools' joke,'' Beckenbauer said of the ban in an interview with Sky Sport News in Germany.

    It was unclear whether the FIFA suspension would prevent Beckenbauer - who won the World Cup as both a player and coach - from attending the tournament in Brazil.

    FIFA suspensions relating to "any football-related activity, at any level'' typically include attending matches and meeting other football officials.

    Beckenbauer was a voting member of FIFA's executive committee in December 2010 when it chose Russia as 2018 World Cup host and Qatar to stage the 2022 tournament.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.